Community forum to be held on education, health and safety Thursday

BY MONICA VELEZ | mvelez@mercedsunstar.com Health access, education equity, and safe neighborhoods will be the topic of discussion for community members and city leaders during a forum on Thursday. Advocates and leaders in the community will have the chance to speak on how education funding impacts youth and discuss how to expand health access in Merced…

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Residents staying loud over education, public funding concerns in Merced County

By Hannah Esqueda Image courtesy of Faith in Merced MERCED, Calif. — Merced County residents concerned over school funding, health care and safety issues will have their chance to engage directly with public officials during a special forum this week hosted by Faith in the Valley, Merced (formerly known as MOP) and Building Healthy Communities…

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Joint Use Between Schools and Families Creates Safer and Healthier Communities

Highlights Zumba classes launched at Crookham Elementary through joint-use  Efforts to increase physical activity among residents Program can prove beneficial in area with high obesity rate BY ANA B. IBARRA, aibarra@mercedsunstar.com Four years ago, Viridiana Cardenas was not happy with herself. The Merced resident was overweight, her self-esteem was low and she was constantly tired. “I…

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Merced County Resident work towards safer, healthier neighborhoods

Highlights Violence can affect even those not directly involved, especially young children, experts say Local schools practice modern conflict-resolution methods to steer away from violence Community groups agree collaboration from all sectors is needed to improve safety Le Grand High School junior, 16 speaks with friends during a meeting of the Restorative Justice League at…

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